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alternative energy programs. before today's vote harry reid declared the continuing resolution dead on arrival. nbc's luke russert live on capitol hill this morning with the latest. what happened? what does it mean for us? >> reporter: well, craig, the senate essentially killed off the house bill to fund the government. that happened just about 15, 20 minutes ago. we also heard from house republican speaker john boehner and eric cantor, the majority leader, they said that harry reid was playing politics and they fully plan to leave washington this afternoon and to say to harry reid, pass my bill. now, this government funding we're talking about runs out on friday, september 30th. the reason why they really need to get it done now is because on wednesday is the jewish new year holiday. a lot of members have things they were planning to do and they want to get out of washington. what the gop is doing now, craig, is effectively a strategy on capitol hill known as jamming.
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they're going to say to harry reid take it or leave it on this bill. the deadline is on friday. they need to get it done quickly on top of travel and all of that, monday night fema funding will run out most likely or at least it will happen tuesday morning. it will happen early next week. so in order for folks who are affected by hurricane irene, terrible flooding in the northeast, to get their money this bill has to be passed by then. republicans are holding out hope they will get their version of a bill passed that has an offset for this fema disaster relief funds by jamming harry reid. the big problems that democrats have with this bill is in order to pay for it, republicans cut a program that's very near and dear to the hearts of democrats which the president was behind which is a clean green cars jobs initiative fund that they say is worth thousands and thousands of jobs. so this is going to go down to the wire. it's unclear whether or not the house will be dismissed later this afternoon or whether they'll come back. so far they are holding to their
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guns. eric cantor, house majority leader, is to if visit facebook in california on monday. it's a big deal. i asked him before i came over here. i said will you not go to your facebook trip on monday? he said if harry reid has us in here next week it's because he's playing politics. that may be a sign that there's a little bit of wiggle room that they would come back and try to get this done. so far both sides are engaged in political trench warfare. >> two nights ago in the house no deal. last night or early this morning there was a deal. what happened? about 48 republicans voted against it saying they were opposed to this big of a bill that had this much money to fund the government. they wanted lower levels. over the last two days some like to call here on capitol hill those guys got taken to the wood shed by the leadership saying you better come on board. i'm sure there's behind the
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doors threats about committee chairs and there is a flip of republicans that came on to support the bill. they added another cut from another fund so the gop leadership pressured a lot of their members to come on board. they tistill needed democratic votes. only six democrats voted for the bill earlier this morning. the house gop is not too thrilled with this one. >> all right. luke russert from the hill breaking it down for us. thank you, sir, appreciate it. >> good to see you. be well. from that to this. still trying to score last night's debate trying to figure out who won, who did well enough to keep going. if you missed it, it quickly became a battle between rick perry and mitt romney. one issue that dominated is social security and whether perry wants to turn it over to the state. take a listen. >> bottom line is that we never
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said we're going to move this back. >> it's different than what the governor put in his book just six months ago. there's a rick perry out there saying that almost quote it says that the federal government shouldn't be in the pension business and that it's unconstitutional and it should be returned to the states. you better find that rick perry and get him to stop saying that. >> speaking of books and talking about books and having things in your book and back and forth and your economic adviser talked about romney care and how that was an absolute bust. your hard copy book you said was exactly what the american people needed to have that romney care given to them as you had in massachusetts. then in your paperback you took that line out. so speaking of not getting it straight in your book, that would be a quote.
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>> for some analysis, we turn to mark murray. good afternoon to you. it feels like we had 10 or 12 of these debates by now. surprises last night. any big ones? >> probably the spotlight was on rick perry. he had a couple shaky debate performances heading into last night's matchup. he struggled. he almost always starts off pretty strong in the clips that you just showed. pretty much happened at the beginning of the debate and some of perry's better moments in fact. as the debate wore on he wasn't as quick on his feet and didn't seem that prepared and he tried one line of attack accusing mitt romney of being a flip-flopper and it just fell flat. >> what about mitt romney? what did we learn from him? it seems with each debate mitt romney seems to be fairly unflappable in settings like these. >> it's a sign that it helps to have run for president before as mitt romney did just four years
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ago. he seems a lot more comfortable. a lot more polished than he did back then. so this is now -- he's participated in five debates. been five solid debate performances. in one striking departure from last cycle, last time around you had john mccain, mike huckabees all piling on mitt romney. this time around all of the candidates are piling on rick perry which is allowing romney to kind of slide away on those tough questions on health care. got a tough question on education policy last night. it's allowing him to duck and dive. >> you talked about the attacks on perry. you're right. we continue to see those with each debate. are they starting to have an effect at all in the polls? >> we don't have direct evidence yet. the past month has seen rick perry sky high in the polls. he's now the clear front runner in the race. we'll start getting some national polls probably in the next two or three weeks to see if these past three debates have taken a toll on perry. one thing to note. the winners of these debates
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four years ago didn't win the respective democratic and republican nominations but the challenge for perry is he can't seem like he couldn't stand on the debate stage with obama come november 2012. >> he doesn't have to win them but he can't blow them. >> exactly. >> thank you, sir. always appreciate you. the people whose opinions really matter in this debate, the republican base. joining us now is president of freedom works, one of the big movers and shakers in the tea party movement. good day, sir. >> hey, craig. >> you've been quoted as saying perry's comments on social security are refreshing but you haven't had quite as many positive comments about mitt romney. critics left and right scored perry fairly poorly in the debate last night and scored him fairly poorly in previous debates. this is what rick santorum told the washington examiner saying "perry was off his game big-time or maybe that is his game."
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how do you score the debate last night and score rick perry specifically? >> i actually thought that governor perry was a little flat last night. it struck me as if his political handlers have started telling him what he can and can't say and i think he's better off being authentic talking passionately about the things he believes in. that's why some activists are impressed with his willingness to touch the third rail and talk about social security. you have to give rick perry and herman cain some kudos last night for actually talking about an issue that needs to be talked about but is seldom talked about in politics which is how do you deal with the unfunded liabilities in social security and medicare in the future. >> let's look specifically at how the republican base is reacting to these debates. are the debates the bigger problem for rick perry or his stances on immigration and stances on hpv vaccine and stances on social security like you just mentioned?
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>> i think the issues that are going to propel the republican nominee will be about jobs and the economy and about how we stop spending money we don't have and about the $14 trillion debt that we ways now. those are the issues that upset not just tea partiers but the swing voters that determine these things. we're looking for specifics. we're not looking for dodging questions as governor romney is quite good at doing. we're looking at authenticity and ideas. >> you're at the political action conference. every conservative worth his weight in the gold standard are there. what are they saying about the debate last night? what are they saying about their favorite candidate right now? >> they are saying a lot of things that i just said. they thought that governor perry was a little flat last night and they hoped to see a better performance from him just in
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terms of his willingness to punch back when mitt romney calls rick perry a flip-flopper, that's almost bizarre world from where we're coming from. there's still a vacuum. they are looking for a champion that can be the anti-romney and the guy or woman that is going to say i'm going to take a stand on family and i'm going to take a stand on -- >> has perry not emerged as that champion yet? >> he is in the polls right now but it's early in the process. there's a misunderstanding. the process is still early and this is a more decentralized community today so it's not just about iowa or new hampshire. they may not just be about florida anymore. this is going to go on for a while. >> matt, thank you. i want to talk more about the debate later in the show where the strategist. right now we want to go to the united nations.
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mahmoud abbas getting a standing ovation there as he gets ready to speak there. let's listen a little bit to what mahmoud abbas is saying, president of palestine. [ applause ] >> translator: on behalf of the general assembly, i have the honor to welcome to the united nations his excellensy, the chairman of the palestinian liberation organization and president of the palestinian authority. and i ask him to address the assembly.
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>> translator: in the name of god most gracious and most merciful, mr. president of the general assembly of the united nations, mr. secretary-general of the united nations, ladies and gentlemen, at the outset i extent my congratulations on the assumption of the presidency of the assembly for this session and i wish him every success. today i extend my sincere congratulations on behalf of the palestine liberation organization and the palestinian people to the government and people of south sudan for the deserved admission as a full member of the united nations wishing them progress and
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prosperity. i also congratulate the secretary-general, his excellency for his election to the new term at the helm of the united nations. this renewal of confidence reflects the world's appreciation for his efforts which have strengthened the role of the united nations. excellencies, the question of palestine is linked with the united nations via resolutions adopted by various organizations and agencies and through the essential and allotted role of the united nations relief and works agency for palestine refugees in the near east which embodies the plight of palestine refugees who are the victims of the catastrophe that occurred in 1948. we aspire for and seek a greater and more effective role for the
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united nations and working to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in our region that ensures the legitimate national rights of the palestinian people as defined by the resolutions of international legitimacy embodied by the united nations. mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, a year ago at the same time, in this hall, distinguished leaders and heads of delegations addressed the stalled peace efforts in our region. everyone had high hopes for a new round of final status negotiations, which had begun in early september in washington under president obama and with
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the participation of the international quartet as well as egypt and jordan. to reach within one year a peace agreement. we entered those negotiations with open hearts and sincere intentions and we were ready with our documents, our papers and our proposals. these negotiations broke down just weeks after they were launched. after this we did not give up and we did not cease our efforts for initiatives and contacts. over the past year we did not leave a door to be knocked or channel to be pursued or path to be taken and we did not ignore any formal or informal party of
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influence and stature to be addressed. we positively considered the various ideas and proposals and initiatives presented from many countries and parties. all of these sincere efforts and endeavors undertaken by international parties were repeatedly smashed against a rock of the positions of the israeli government which quickly dashed the hopes raised by the launch of negotiations last september. the core issue here is that the israeli government refuses to commit to terms of reference for the negotiations that are based on international law and u.n. resolutions. and it frantically continues to intensify building settlements
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on the territory of the state of the future state of palestine. settlement activities embody the core of a policy of colonial military occupation of the land of the palestinian people and all of the brutality of aggression and racial discrimination against our people that this policy entails. this policy which constitutes a breach of national humanitarian law are the primary cause for the failure of the peace process and collapse of dozens of opportunities and the burial of the great hopes that rose from the signing of declarations of principles in 1993 between the palestine liberation organization and israel to achieve a just peace that would begin a new era for our region.
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the reports of the united nations missions as well as reports by several israelian institutions and civil societies convey a horrific picture -- >> palestinian president mahmoud abbas making a case for palestinian statehood. the united states all week had been hoping that the palestinian leader would not do this but we learned about 30 or 40 minutes ago that he had already submitted the paperwork for the secretary-general of the united nations and he submitted that paperwork asking that the application be submitted to the security council and then shortly thereafter we saw president abbas there addressing the united nations. we want to bring in ron allen who has been at the united nations station all week braving the elements for us on this friday afternoon. ron, no surprises there for mahmoud abbas as he made the
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case. >> reporter: we're having the worst weather we've had all week so bear with me as i try to explain this. this is no surprise. it's basically an act of frustration and some would say desperation. as you're listening to mr. abbas lay out his case, he was basically saying that there's no hope of further negotiations with the israelis that have been going on for some 20 years. and he is trying it internationalize this conflict. he wants here on the world stage to find more players who will step in and try and aid the palestinians in their efforts to get statehood. here at the u.n. general assembly i would dare say two-thirds to three-quarters of the members support the palestinian position and are opposed to the israeli joint u.s. position and what he's trying to do is isolated u.s. and israel and put pressure on them to try to move this process forward. we've talked about the peace process for 20 years or more. it's a muddled an complicated thing.
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it boils down to land and the palestinian demand that israelis stop taking more land that they say will be their ultimate state and it's about the israeli demand for security and safety and their frustration and concern about how a palestinian state that would be hostile to them and this dispute has not been resolved. the palestinians also are concerned about the american role in this. for the obama administration, this is a very awkward if not embarrassing position to be in. the obama administration right now is concerned about re-election and concerned about domestic politics and it doesn't want to do anything that exposes any room between it and israel because of its concern about the jewish vote particularly in swing states like florida. there's very little hope that the obama administration is going to be very aggressive in pushing the israelis to do anything on this and based on that and other considerations, the palestinians felt like they had no other hope than to push the united nations to give them
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something to give them something more as these negotiations go forward. >> you just mentioned the west bank and we got some video in a short time ago. tensions there already escalating. palestinian man was killed in a clash between israeli soldiers and settlers just a short time ago. we talked about the prospect for more violence there. is this more of what we can expect to see if the petition to the united nations is not granted? >> well, it's sort of the worst case scenario. there are expectations with the palestinian committee that the world is going to recognize them but they are realistic but there are elements in that population that are frustrated and violence has often been a measure used. they are concerned about their security in that part of the world. the leadership with egypt and long partner in the peace process and having a peace treaty is fraying because of
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what's happening in egypt and relationship with turkey and other muslim state there they've had a good relationship with for a long time and that's also a disaster right now. there's a real concern about the security and palestinians know that and there are elements in that society that will amp up the violence. on the other side, the israeli prime minister is under domestic pressure to find some solution to this because of the economy in that society so again a very complicated situation but the bottom line is that palestinians want to try to make some progress here while they have the world attention. >> ron allen from the united nations where benjamin netanyahu is expected to address that assembly later today. ron, thank you. we will be right back. >> time for "your business" entrepreneur of the week. michelle barton was an inmate at the coffee creek correctional facility in oregon. wile incarcerated they participated in a course called
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hill. executives pled the fifth today as they faced a congressional panel about a government loan that company received and chairman of the committee had sharp words for all those involved. >> it appears that we have great heist of over half a billion dollars and possibly even willing collaborators even co-conspirators called the u.s. government. we finally had to resort to a subpoena and now the outright resistance of getting answers that both of you assured us only last week that you would provide. >> joining me now live is a reporter with "the new york times." one of the two writers of the piece in that paper. for folks not following this story, what happened? >> the short answer is that they were the first alternative energy company to get a large loan guarantee from the federal government when the obama
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administration took office. this was a signature program supported by money from the stimulus act. even as they got their half billion dollars as mr. upton said, the market was dropping and the government either wasn't aware of that or chose to ignore it. the company less than two years later was going belly up. >> the bush administration heard of solyndra. this wasn't something born over the last year or so. >> the loan guarantee program itself was slow to ramp up in part because the bush administration wasn't terribly strong believer in alternative energy, solar power, wind power and some of the other kinds of projects that were supported by this program. the application process went very, very slowly and by the time the bush administration left office, solyndra was among
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a dozen or so companies being considered but the energy department hadn't quite pulled the trigger yet. >> a florida representative had some tough words for solyndra. listen to what he had to say. >> if that was in a different country, we wouldn't call it waste. we would call it corruption. we won't do that here. >> the hearing started this morning. what do we expect to come out of those hearings? >> the hearing that happened this morning was really just a one-act play that was highly scripted. everyone knew days in advance that these two executives, chief executive and chief financial officer were going to assert their fifth amendment right against self-incrimination and not answer questions so it became an opportunity for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to give short speeches. mercifully the whole thing was over in 15 minutes. the energy and commerce committee isn't done looking at this company or this program and it will be a rocky road for the administration over the next several months. >> last question here. at this point how much of what
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happened with solyndra and it's demise was a result to get stimulus spending out the door? >> to be frank a lot of had to do with the bomb administration getting these programs under way. billions and billions of dollars in stimulus money. they had high unemployment which we still have today and they were looking for ways to improve the environment and to create jobs. in some cases in this one particular job they made a bad call. >> have a great weekend. thank you. >> all eyes are on the gop front-runners but what about the other presidential candidates? do any of them still have a viable shot. plus the president's new education plan so that no child is left behind. a city comes to life.
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welcome back to msnbc. nasa says that six-ton bus sized satellite is expected to fall to earth tonight or early tomorrow. scientists do not know exactly where it's going to hit but it will probably be the south pacific. the father in law of missing woman susan powell was arrested on child porn charges and they say charges are not related to her disappearance but based on evidence collected during a recent search. at least 55 people in 22 states have been infected with wisteria. olympic gold medalist carl lewis is giving up his legal fight to run for new jersey state senate now. a federal appeals panel ruled that lewis did not meat a four-year residency requirement. gop candidates have not had
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enough of orlando after last night's debate at a convention for florida's political action conference or cpac this morning. michele bachmann preaching to the choir. >> we need a nominee who is not ashamed of the tea party and willing to stand up for our tea party and tea party values. >> let's bring in the panel here. cnbc contributor keith boykin is editor of "daily voice" and matt lewis is with us. good afternoon to you. michele bachmann is she still relevant in this race, keith? >> she's going to be relevant because she's the only female candidate in the race but i think the media is trying to make her a third fiddle because mitt romney and rick perry seem to be getting all of the attention. last night it seemed to be sort of the more of the same. i don't think she stood out but i don't think that rick perry didn't stand up very much last
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night. he was flat and it hurt him as well. >> is it the media that sort of relegating michele bachmann to the second or perhaps even third tier status or the polls? numbers have dropped and no coincidence that as hers have dropped, perry's numbers have surged. is michele bachmann's fall because of rick perry's rise? >> i think so. you are right. it's weird. you get in these debates but then they don't ask you questions and you're like sitting there for 20 minutes and that does obviously hurt the candidates who are excluded. having said that, michele bachmann is not even in third place. i think ron paul is, right? so i think that her best day on this campaign was the day she won the iowa straw poll which was also the same day that rick perry entered the race. it's been all downhill from there. >> let's talk about rick perry. he's going to speak within the last hour after what some are describing as a struggling performance last night.
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what does he need to say today? >> i'm not a conservative republican but i imagine he's got to give them the red meat that they want. i think his position on immigration is little difficult for some cpac members but other positions are hard line conservative. he'll be well received because even though he may not be 100% on all of the issues, i think he's got the tone and the style that they are looking for and i think that will actually help him great deal as well. >> does he? is he still the conservative golden boy down there? >> i think he is. lock, that's exactly right. when rick perry is in a debate, he has to talk about things like immigration and the hpv vaccine issues that hurt him in a republican primary. when he gives a speech, he gets to talk about what he wants to talk about and he's great at that and jobs record for texas of one thing is phenomenal. that's the most important issue that voters care about. there's also this straw poll.
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next thing after c-pac is the straw poll in florida. if perry doesn't win that, that's another land mine for him. >> these are some live pictures by the way from c-pac and what we've been talking about here. this is the sixth presidential debate. it's the third in 15 days. do we get to a point where we know where they all stand on every relevant issue and if we don't get to it, do we get to it? >> you're right about that. it feels like overkill sometimes. i watch the debate last night on youtube and i felt like i heard everything before from the previous debate. i was trying to figure out where we were except that what you learned from all of the debates is you learn a little bit of nuances and i don't think that it's picked up by everybody in the audience but you get to see how candidates respond. last night was a bad night for rick perry because he didn't perform well but he did well in the previous debate. >> ten seconds, matt. rick perry last night, good or
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bad? >> he failed to rise to the occasion. it wasn't a horrible night. >> why won't you say good or bad? >> bad night for rick perry. >> have a great weekend. thanks. >> democrats are pushing the president's american jobs act as a solution to the unemployment problem. dnc released a new commercial to that effect in part it emphasizes the plan's promise to provide construction jobs. something our next guest says could resonate in his community as 2012 approaches. pena served as transportation secretary and energy secretary as well. pleased to have you with us secretary pena. thanks for joining us. >> thank you, craig. >> let's look at the unemployment rate for hispanic. higher than the national average. hispanic becoming a bigger and bigger part of the electorate. walk us through why this plan is going -- why this is going to help the hispanic community, the president's plan? >> it's aimed at creating jobs
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and in particular the latino company will be affected. $50 million for transportation projects and $15 billion for construction will help a lot of latinos who are out of work in the construction sector and then secondly, the reduction in payroll tax will provide about $1,500 per family directly and reduction of 50% of the payroll tax for small businesses will help about 250,000 latino small businesses. this is very, very helpful to latino community generally. >> and to those on the other side who have said that this is not the time to go raising taxes on any group in this country. even if it's those who make the most to fund this type of plan. your response to that would be what? >> my response is we did this back in the '90s. i was as you know secretary of transportation and secretary of energy for president clinton. you'll recall that we did both things. we cut government and we also increased taxes. result of that is we eliminated
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the deficit and started bringing down the debt. that was an extraordinary accomplishment. over 24 million jobs were created in that eight-year period and let me speak personally about this. some people don't have the experience i did. when i was secretary of transportation i took office and had 110,000 employees. i had reduced that workforce by 11,000 down to 99,000 workers but we also increased the federal gas tax so we did both. result was that was the theme of that administration. we eliminated deficit. reduced debt. we need to do both things. >> i want to talk about the presidential relationship under the hispanic community. the dream act has languished. no immigration reform. has president obama been what the hispanic community hoped he would be? >> well, i think many latinos are disappointed that we haven't seen comprehensive immigration reform passed but they understand that the president has been trying.
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he's been submitting proposals and working with members of congress and we can't find one republican senator to sit down and try to draft the legislation. and more and more latinos are beginning to understand that it's not the president who hasn't fulfilled his effort and his promise but we need some help from republican senators and now the house is controlled by the republican party and we need leadership on the part of republicans in the house. we haven't seen that. that will become clear in the presidential election. >> thank you, sir. appreciate your time. >> you're welcome. >> just as tsa is preparing to make changes to security checks at the airports, another complaint about an invasive search. also, a home run for brad pitt when he talks about his new baseball flick. "money ball." just one phillips' colon health probiotic cap a day
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palestinian president mahmoud abbas continuing to address the united nations. he has said among other things that he's urged israel to build bridges of dialogue instead of walls of separation israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu expected to address the united nations later in the day. president obama is taking on no child left behind now. the president says he wants to energize school improvement at the local level by giving states the choiceñi to opt out of key provisions of the bush era policy. >> it's an undeniable fact that countries who outeducate us today are going to outcompete us tomorrow. but today students are sliding against their peers around the globe. >> also want to take this moment
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to remind you nbc's special week long series education nation kicks off sunday with a teacher town hall hosted by brian williams. the tsa has been winning no friends of late. the video of a little girl checked for bombs as well as hundreds of other grievances has created a lot of bad headlines for the transportation safety administration. the head of the tsa has promised that pat-downs for young children and certain others will eventually be phased out. whenever that happens, it may not help our next guest a lot. we want to welcome her now. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. >> i understand that the tsa had a problem with your hair just last week. tell us what happened. >> i don't think tsa had a problem with my hair, i think something else happened. i went through the checkpoint. there was no screening asked of me. 15 minutes later someone was running after me. two people down the escalator
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talking about, hey, hey, hey, we have to check your hair for bombs. i don't know what happened. tsa gave me my things. i put my shoes on and i headed down and one lady had come up to me just out of nowhere and said did they check your hair? that's what she said. did they check your hair. i said no and i kept going. after that i got in front of the train transit to go up to my gate and then these people came screaming, humiliating sounds and disrespectfully coming after me saying they needed to check my hair. >> tsa have issued a statement. i want to share that statement in part. they said "additional screening may be required for clothing, head wear or hair where prohibited items could be hidden. this passenger left the checkpoint prior to completion of the screening process. you were offered but refused
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private screening." is that true did you refuse private screening? >> it's untrue. tsa never said anything about screening to me. they do that when you first go through the checkpoint. i've been screened and patted before. i know how this thing go. you don't wait 10 to 15 minutes later and some odd people come running after a client or passenger screaming we have to check you for bombs. there was no screening privacy down by the transit. that never happened. >> your gripe isn't with what the tsa did, it's how they did it? is that what i'm hearing? >> my gripe is that a couple of these government working individuals took tsa's policies in their own hands and when i went back up to speak with the manager so they wouldn't offer me private screenings, she would have known what's going on.
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she said point out the person that did that to you. i was outraged. i pointed out the lady. she went up to the lady. they had words that was not nice. she came back and said, ma'am, i apologize. i promise you you will take care of this. i will handle this. >> i thank you for sharing that story with us. appreciate it. we'll be right back with a preview of "money ball" next. [ horn honks ] ♪ oh, those were the best of days ♪ ♪ i still feel the summer rays ♪ that graced our backs as we went down the lane ♪ [ horn honks ] [ male announcer ] when your car is more than just a car to you, the right insurance matters. are you getting the coverage options you need and the discounts you deserve? for an agent or quote, call 800-my-coverage or visit travelers.com.
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>> billy says he'll pay himself but when he sells him for more money next year, he's keeping the profit. okay. thank you very much. we'll call you back. thank you. come on. come on. >> brad pitt and jonah hill there in a scene from
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"moneyball" based on the bestselling book. darren rovell sat down for a one-on-one with brad pitt. this is not your typical baseball flick, is it? >> it certainly isn't. baseball and statistics but sony's "moneyball" is getting rave reviews. i talked to brad pitt who plays the role of oakland as general manager billy bean. i asked him what the movie is really about. >> it's about value and how we place, how we define our value. what is success and what is failure and how we place that on others and how we accept that for ourselves and maybe it's not so bad to question that. >> the a's don't win the world series or take it there, pitt says he's not disturbed by the traditional hollywood ending. it's interesting to see people give great reviews but some of
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the fans saying it's a little bit weird about "moneyball" because it doesn't have that traditional ending so where does it take you? it's looking pretty good. box office mojo says it will win the box office and have $18.7 million this weekend and i asked pitt about not having that traditional hollywood ending. >> i find it more interesting ending. more complex and true to life ending. those endings try to say that everything is all right and happily ever after and things are more complex than this. this one defines that victory. i find more value in the victory that only you, yourself, can understand. >> the tough thing, craig, is this will be put up against "the blind side" which did $255 million. that was michael lewis' other
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book and highest grossing sports movie of all years. >> you have a new show called sports biz premieres tonight on cnbc. good luck. >> thank you. >> i'm craig melvin. thanks for watching. have a great weekend. up next, "andrea mitchell reports." nyquil doesn't un-stuff your nose. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your stuffy nose. [ deep breath ] thank you! that's the cold truth! the world needs more energy. where's it going to come from? ♪ that's why right here, in australia, chevron is building one of the biggest natural gas projects in the world. enough power for a city the size of singapore for 50 years. what's it going to do to the planet? natural gas is the cleanest conventional fuel there is. we've got to be smart about this. it's a smart way to go. ♪
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is best absorbed in small continuous amounts. only one calcium supplement does that in one daily dose. citracal slow release... continuously releases calcium plus d for the efficient absorption my body needs. citracal. right now on "andrea mitchell reports," deadly clashes in the west bank as the palestinian president officially submits his request for statehood to the u.n. he gets a standing ovation today in the general assembly. israel's prime minister gets his turn at the general assembly within the hour. executive action. president obama side steps congress to roll back no child left behind. >> our kids only get one shot at a decent education. they cannot afford to wait any
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longer. given that congress cannot act, i am acting. >> can rick perry deliver a punch? he and mitt romney trade jabs but perry's performance at the debate makes some party leaders nervous. > cate edwards, our exclusive interview as she carries on the legacy of her mother, elizabeth. >> she never gave up hope. even in her last week of life she never gave up hope that a cure could be out there and she could beat this thing. >> plus, what she says about the criminal case against her father, john edwards. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. palestinian leader mahmoud abbas requested statehood. new violence in the wst

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